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2019 : D.R.E.A.M. Foundation Hall of Fame Awards

2019 theme “Inclusive Collaboration Through Community Building"

After more than 40 years of serving the community, ‘The Friends of DeCosta Headley’ transitioned its community-based supportive services programs to a new philanthropic entity named ‘Developing Restoring Enriching Advancing Many Foundation, Inc.’ (‘D.R.E.A.M. Foundation’). This innovative 501(c) (3), tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization will be our vehicle to take our longstanding assistance programs benefiting communities to greater heights.  

Our most prestigious Hall of Fame Awards will be conferred upon to seven (7) outstanding individuals. This year’s theme is “Developing Inclusive Collaborations Through Community Building.” These awards identify selfless individuals who work behind the scenes without seeking the limelight for their efforts, while lending credit to others. In everything that they do, they respect all of our communities’ citizens-- generously increasing access to resources and promoting equal treatment and opportunity. We recognize that even though an individual may differ in some ways; we often share common personal goals and objectives. These awardees are unique individuals who have reached out to the community as well as individuals to help them overcome obstacles without expecting any reward or recognition.  

In addition to recognizing the exemplary character and commitment as well as the viable work in the community, this is a fundraiser for the D.R.E.A.M. Foundation. This fundraiser assists us to continue many of our initial projects including providing scholarships for youth and grants to community-based programs as well as coordinate community health workshop 

Awards Dinner

The GALA will be held: Thursday, May 2, 2019 at the El Caribe Country Club Restaurant located at 5945 Strickland Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11234. The GALA evening begins with a 6:00 pm social hour with seating promptly at 7:00 pm. The evening’s flow includes a set of choices for dinner, announcement of the winners of our college scholarship and community- based grant as well as our presentation of awards to the Foundation’s 2019 honorees, which will be capped off with an evening of entertainment. Dress code is Business Formal.  


Contact: Beverly Slater, Gala Co-Chair BeverlySlater929@gmail.com, (917) 612-8821 

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The First Annual D.R.E.A.M. Foundation’s Family Day


{Brooklyn, NY} – The First Annual D.R.E.A.M. (Developing Restoring Enriching Advancing Many) Foundation’s Family Day will be held on Saturday, September 1, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Brownsville Recreation Center (BRC).  Students, 6 – 12 years old, will receive a free backpack and schools supplies as well as enjoy free treats and games.

Our Family Day is being held in honor and memory of Mr. Gregory “Jocko” Jackson, the longtime manager of the Brownsville Recreation Center, a former professional basketball player who turned a Brooklyn recreation center into a hive of productive activity.  Mr. Jackson was a local basketball star who played briefly in the National Basketball Association before returning to his home turf, where he became known as a tireless community advocate and, unofficially, the mayor of Brownsville.

Parents must accompany children,  To register for event, go to www.dreamfoundation.nyc 


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“Convergence: Moving Towards Unity”

2018 theme “Convergence: Moving Towards Unity"

Dream Foundation held its first annual gala recently in Brooklyn. High- profile supporters came out in large numbers to network and contribute to the community causes Headley spearheads. After more than 40 years of serving the community, ‘The Friends of DeCosta Headley’ transitioned its community-based supportive services programs to a new philanthropic entity named ‘Developing Restoring Enriching Advancing Many Foundation, Inc.’ (‘D.R.E.A.M. Foundation’).This new 501(c) (3), tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization is destined to be the vehicle to take its many long-standing assistance programs benefiting communities to greater heights  

 With help of many philanthropists—within the community and other interested parties—they have brought services to the poor and disenfranchised people and groups (singularly and with other community-based organizations), including The Hunger Program feeding between 15 – 20,000 community persons in annual food donations as well as senior and community events; Annual Pre- thanksgiving dinner and Turkey Drives; Health Programs including Health fairs, Work with various health care providers for children with special needs and senior citizens; Educational programs providing scholarships sending youth to college as well as providing college tours to campuses around the country. Training programs offering On-the-job training. This involves employee training at the place of work, Introduction of Inner City Youth to Summer Camps sending girls aged 8-12 years and boys 8-15 years to summer camps Career Awareness Program (CAP/Camp Mariah) for children currently in the 6th grade. Both programs are in in cooperation with the Fresh Air Fund; Housing assistance programs, Job placement programs, and Annual holiday toy and food distributions, among other works.  

On the festive occasion for the Dream Foundation, catered at El Caribe, DeCosta honored a number of individuals for their contributions. The honorees included :

  1. - Dr. Susan Beane, VP, Medical Director, Healthfirst
  2. -  Gloria Bent, MS, RD, CDN, NYC Health & Hospitals Corp/North Central Bronx Hospital
  3. -  Dr. Kim Best, PhD, Chair, Community Advisory Board, The Brooklyn Hospital Center
  4. - LaRay Brown, CEO, Interfaith Medical Center & One Brooklyn Health System
  5. -  Candida Brooks-Harrison, MSW, LCSW, NYC Chapter NASW
  6. -  Dr. Chudi Chime, CEO, Hillside Polymedic Diagnostic & Treatment Center
  7. -  Steven DeLuca, Senior VP & Chief Risk Officer, Interfaith Medical Center
  8. - Assistant District Attorney Renee Gregory, Kings County
  9. - Canon Diane Porter, Chair, IM Foundation
  10. -  Christopher Roker, CEO, Queens Hospital
  11. - Mitchell Teller, Administrator, Hillside Manor & Extended Care Facility
  12. - Henna White, Director/Secretary/Treasurer, One Brooklyn Health System
  13. - Valentin Zusman, Century Medical & Dental


 “Dreams are not impossible when God is the Chief Orchestrator of its outcome!” ~ Reverend Kimberly Headley